Team England celebrate Bowls gold in Men's Triples
England's Louis Ridout, Nick Brett and Jamie Chestney held off a late fightback from the Gold Coast runners-up.
Team England celebrated gold in the Men's Triples with a 14-12 victory over Australia at Victoria Park on Monday afternoon.
England's Louis Ridout, Nick Brett and Jamie Chestney held off a late fightback from the Gold Coast runners-up, whose Barry Lester, Carl Healey and Ben Twist saw Australia settle for silver again.
The Wales trio of Owain Dando, Ross Owen and Jonathan Tomlinson eased past Fiji 21-7 in the bronze medal match.
Hard work pays off!— Team England (@TeamEngland) August 1, 2022
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England skip Chestney - who won silver and bronze at the 2014 and 2018 Games respectively - admitted he got emotional after seeing his family in the crowd, but said his gold did not give him bragging rights over wife Natalie, who has a Commonwealth gold medal and two silvers.
He said: "No definitely not [no bragging rights]. I have just seen her up in the stands with my daughter and it brought a tear to my eye.
"I've got the set now and this one is definitely the prettiest."
Chestney added that the team had put a lot of pressure on themselves so playing in front of a home crowd made no difference.
He said: "It was no more pressure than normal. We all put pressure on ourselves to deliver.
We wanted a gold medal, we have trained for 18 months to get this and we've earned it
"We wanted a gold medal, we have trained for 18 months to get this and we've earned it."
Australia's Ellen Ryan claimed gold in the women's singles following a 21-17 comeback victory over Guernsey's Lucy Beere in the second medal match of the day as Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad won bronze.
Ryan, who was 10-2 down after the eighth end, fought back to seal the win and thanked her parents and Bowls Australia for the support.
She said: "I'm just so happy. I'm still so speechless.
"So proud, and for my mum, she's here supporting me, she's been there the whole time. And dad, working at home.
"To everyone that's helped me out, the whole of Australia supporting me, I don't have any words really.
"It's not just for me, it's for the whole of Bowls Australia - and thank you to everyone back home."